7 newfangled words young people use these days that old people don't understand

And by old we mean 20-plus and above.

Mandy How | December 11, 2016, 04:53 PM

Even if there's no point in keeping up with the Kardashians, we must still keep up with the times.

Remember how you'd roll your eyes when your older friends and family started using "lame"? Yeah. Now learn these following new terms so the millennials and Generation Z can roll their eyes at you too.

Let's start with the basics, like quite literally:


1. Basic



"Basic" is defined these days as "an adjective used to describe any person, place, or activity involving obscenely obvious behaviour, dress, action", but it can also be used to describe someone who obnoxiously strives for a certain image or vibe.

Correct: She thought her flirting game strong, but people who know her know she basic.

NOT: The Basic Theory Test is so basic.

Perhaps this might give you an idea:

Source: knowyourmeme Source: knowyourmeme


2. af or AF



As f***. Used for emphasis.

Correct: You see that guy up there? He's smooth af.

NOT: Does not translate to "auto focus" or "audio frequency". And please don't pronounce it as "eff".


3. Lit



Used in place of cool, dope, etc.

Correct: The concert last night was totally lit. Like my post-drinks vomiting.

NOT: The candles are totally lit for Ah Seng's surprise cake.

ALSO NOT: Yeah, all my modules are lit for this sem.

The worst way to use it is: Kinokuniya has a lot of lit.

4. Dead/ ded



Not really dead. Used in response to something funny, but in a more understated manner than LOL or HAHAHAHA.

Correct: (In response to a dank meme) Dead.

NOT: Did you attend my grandfather's funeral last night? He was dead af.

This would be really pass away.


5. Shook



An event or occurrence leaving the speaker scared or shocked and surprised.

Correct: Halloween Horror Night was shook, man.

NOT: My b**** of an ex shook me like a money tree, **** **** it **** the *** h**** c****.


6. Woke



Being perceptive and socially aware of what's going on in the community, especially and originally regarding the issue of racism.

Correct: Adrian is totally woke on the discrimination going on with the cai png store -- he was the one who told me that the uncle only gives discount to chio bu.

NOT: My grandfather went to sleep and never woke up again :(

Used this way, pass away again.


7. Fam



Used in place of "homies".

Correct: I hung out with my fam till 4 last night and got dead drunk.

NOT: I hung out with my fam till 4 last night and got to know my Ah Ma so much better.

This would not be lit. But if meant as a real joke, it will be ded.


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